5. When it comes to Upper MG, I enjoy adventures with pirates, witches, ghosts, animals that can communicate, an underlying moral lesson learned by the main character, strong friendships, and stories of courage, overcoming obstacles, or shining in the face of adversity.
2. Issue-driven: In either space, I love stories that drive off important concepts of mental health or other real-world issues (grief, divorce, friendships). I've lived these experiences and I wish I had books to read growing up that made me feel seen. We need them. (3/8)
Upmarket! Something commercial w/gorgeous writing, featuring people who are not okay bc sometimes we're not okay. I want to feel the spectrum of emotions. Break my 💔, tell me the story out of order or backward. Familial or friendship stories or just a strong cast of characters.
"In rom coms, my favorite tropes are friends-to-lovers, fake dating, and second chance romance—though I'm open to other tropes! If you have a new twist on these classic tropes, I'd love to take a look."
I'm really keen to see some more cosy fantasy submissions in my inbox. A hug in book form please. I want characters you would die for by the end, kindness, warmth, platonic friendships, found family, love in all it's forms... #MSWL
For #MG, I’m really picky about voice because I think it’s so hard! I’m looking for a big heart without being saccharine, friendship-centered contemporary, and small adventures that feel big to them like Stand By Me. #MSWL
Related to the above, contemporary teens that work! Love stories in industrial fridges while waitressing, finding friends at the boardwalk surf shop, finding yourself at the water park (like one of my faves, the Way Way Back) #MSWL
I also really enjoy a powerful, character-driven YA contemporary. I love friendship stories, niche skills/competitions, and deep emotions.
I do not tend to be the right person for stories that center eating disorders, however.
A MG adventure filled story about misfit kids with a super high stakes plot. I want peril, I want friendship, I want humour - like a group of friends that find an old map and have to race some dastardly criminals to find the treasure and save their family home...
A fun sporty YA that has friendships, drama, humour and heart with lots of scope for brilliant characters - like two rival cheer teams competing for a national title with a stunning tropey romance running in the background (best friends brother etc.)...
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I am obsessed with friendships! Understanding the depth & importance of platonic relationships, friendship breakups, what kinds of relationships get prioritized & why, making meaningful connections as an adult.
Fiction or nonfiction, I wanna see! #MSWL
🌟Isolated settings such as islands, carnivals, and boarding schools and novels with a survival component
🌟Characters growing up in unconventional or nontraditional settings
🌟Revenge stories with unreliable narrators
🌟Strong sibling relationships and misfit friends
🌟Evergreen themes: body positivity, self-love, coming-of-age, girls supporting girls, friendship and friendship breakups, sex positivity
🌟Ghosts, creepy crawlies, witches, and things that go bump in the night
Two specific #MSWL items that will be on my list when I reopen to queries:
1, survivors of family "reunification" programs (like Building Family Bridges), fictionalized or NF accounts
2, fiction that explores the unique friendships between gay men and lesbians